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Dave Wattling to chair Momentum Healthware board

WINNIPEG – Momentum Healthware, Inc., a leading developer of healthcare solutions in Canada and the United States, announced that Dave Wattling (pictured at left) has been appointed chairman of the board. Mr. Wattling succeeds Raymond Lafond, who chaired the board for more than six years and will remain a director.

Dave Wattling is a 30-year information technology veteran and accomplished entrepreneur. He is a founder and managing partner of Courtyard Group, a professional services firm dedicated to the health sector. Courtyard is a 70-consultant firm operating in Canada, the U.S. and the UK.

Mr. Wattling is also the founding chair of CHITTA, Canada’s first trade association for healthcare information technology firms. He is the eHealth editor for the COACH magazine and a national board member for the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

In 1996, Wattling was named Edmonton’s Small Business Owner of the Year, and was the Gold Medal winner for the Canadian Association of Management Consultants in 1995. He holds both the Certified Management Consultant and Information Systems Professional designations.

Momentum Healthware’s chief executive officer, Chuck LaFleche, expressed enthusiasm with Mr. Wattling’s appointment by saying, “Momentum’s success over the years has been guided by a wonderful team of directors, including our former chairman Ray Lafond. Our entire team is grateful and is very optimistic about the diverse experience Dave Wattling brings as our new chairman. His wisdom and track record will uniquely complement our global vision.”

Following roles in several large British and Canadian organizations, Mr. Wattling launched his first business in 1984. EDM Management Systems, a consultancy in western Canada, grew to 50 professionals in three cities and won the Alberta Business Services Award in 1997.

EDM was acquired by Sierra Systems in 1998, and Mr. Wattling assumed responsibility for the healthcare and eBusiness practices, as well as business development for the company’s 15 North American offices.

Joining Mr. Wattling as vice chairman of the Momentum Healthware board is Mark Ahrens-Townsend. Mr. Ahrens-Townsend is vice president of investments at ENSIS Management Inc. and has spent the past 20 years in the Engineering and Information and Communications Technology industries.

Most recently he was the president and CEO of Norsat International Inc., located in Burnaby, B.C. Mr. Ahrens-Townsend also held executive positions and was president and CEO at Infocorp Computer Solutions Ltd. Prior experience included sales and marketing positions with IBM Canada Limited, and consulting engineering experience with Acres Engineering Consulting Services. Mr. Ahrens-Townsend is a graduate Engineer and MBA from the University of Manitoba.

Founded in 1994, Momentum Healthware specializes in the development, delivery, integration and support of seamless information technology systems for the healthcare industry. Its Microsoft-based solutions serve the provincial health requirements of rural hospitals and long-term care facilities in Canada, and the continuum of long-term care organizations in the United States.

Momentum’s industry compliant applications include: Electronic Health Record, Assessments, Registration, Clinical Portals, Dietary, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Radiology, Billing, Financials, Human Resources, and Decision Support Systems.

Momentum Healthware, Inc. is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with United States operations headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information please contact: